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Observe & Collect Data


Conducting the Research Lesson!

The day of the research lesson the team engages in  a pre-brief to set expectations and share their lesson goals with others who will be observing the lesson – often colleagues, other educators, and community members. 

During the lesson, each team member closely observes the thinking of their assigned focus student and collects data. What did their focus student say and do? What factors contributed to any 'a-ha' moments?

After the research lesson, the team reflects on what they are learning about their research question and theory of action and hear from the content and equity commentators. 

What is Lesson Study?
  • Components of a research lesson
  • Agendas for lesson study teams
Gather & Organize
  • Assemble the willing!
  • Set norms 
  • Choose meeting times
  • Administrator support
Gather & Organize
Research & Clarify
  • Hopes and Dreams for Students
  • Identify strengths & funds of knowledge
  • Determine a research question and theory of action
  • Determine a content and an equity goal
Research & Clarify
Anticipate & Plan
  • Plan the research lesson
  • Anticipate student thinking
  • Conduct a mock lesson!
Anticipate & Plan
Observe & Collect Data
  • Closely observe a focal student and collect data on their thinking
Observe & Collect Data
Debrief & Look at Student Work
  • What did focus students say or do? 
  • How well did the lesson achieve the content & the equity goals?
Reflect & Share

To view videos from research lessons including an overview of the research team inquiry process, visit our memorialization blog posts from some of our public research lessons:


We are grateful to JFF, KnowledgeWorks, and the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative and its funders for their support. Learn more at

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